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This tale of ours: Pakistani academics’ challenges, struggles, and becoming


Anjum, I and Fraser, S and Thomas, S, This tale of ours: Pakistani academics' challenges, struggles, and becoming, International Journal for Academic Development, 26, (4) pp. 418-432. ISSN 1360-144X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1360144X.2021.1976188


This paper, reporting the findings from a larger, earlier study, aimed to develop an in-depth understanding of the struggles involved in six Pakistani academics’ experiences of professional growth. A narrative inquiry approach was used to explore the experiences and the data were analysed using paradigmatic reasoning, an approach to analysing narratives. The results indicate that professional learning for the participants in this inquiry is largely a solitary endeavour that relies on an internal locus of control and is driven by a sense of ethical responsibility. Findings support holistic academic development, with important strategic implications for academic developers in higher education institutions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic development, higher education, narrative inquiry, Pakistan
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Anjum, I (Dr Imran Anjum)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
UTAS Author:Thomas, S (Dr Sharon Thomas)
ID Code:146611
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-09-16
Last Modified:2022-05-18

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